174 VERDICT OX INDIA We suggested, a moment ago, that he had begun to drop the mask just before he was sent to gaol. Let us amplify this statement by a few extracts from his own speeches and manifestoes : * This is an open rebellion ! * "If rioting does take place, it cannot be helped.* * Consider yourself a free man and act as if you are free.9 4 This move will be felt by the whole world. It may not interfere with the movement of British troops, but it is "sure to engage Briiibh attention-5" All very non-violent, of course ! All nicely calculated to stay the hands of any hot heads who might be tempted to resort to the force which Gandhi pretends to abhor ! Particularly when it is read in conjunection with the Congress bulletins which were flooding India like an avalanche. Those bulletins carried Gandhi's inspiration to its logical conclusion. For example, they were blatantly pro-Japanese : * Japan has consistently and persistently pronounced that she has no interest nor lust for conquest of India except that the; Britishers are driven out and India becomes free at once/1 They were quite open in their incitement to murder. They demanded the immediate * Formation of Guerrilla Bands to give surprise attacks on the Tommies. 2 " They aLo issued instructions that "Britishers' cooks are to be organized to cook bad food for their masters'"8. . .a polite way of describing mass-poisoning. Theft, arson, riot, and every form of sabotage were openly advocated, irrespective of the slaughter of innocent persons which these acts might entail. For had they not always, as their divine authority, the great master of l non-violence,' with his subtleties, his equivocations, his * Pharisaical glosses' ? In his newspaper Harijan, at the time of his arrest, the following masterpiece of evasion had appeared 'as an answer to an earnest question.5 Q. What may be permitted for disorganizing Government within the limit of non-violence ? *Bof;ibay Congress Bulletin, Angnst 17th, 1942. » Leaflet entitled 'Workers of India,' issued in the name of the A.I.C.C. Office, August 27th, 1942.